January 2016

Chemosensory modulation in moth larvae

January 29th, 2016|Ethology, Projects|

Behavioural plasticity allows insects to respond to changing environmental conditions. We are especially interested in the mechanisms underlying the modulation of olfactory mediated behaviour. Holometabolous insects generally experience a […]

Bacteria induced volatiles in soil arthropods and plants

January 29th, 2016|Ecology, Projects|

Chemical communication in Streptomyces bacteria: a study on the smell of earth

Soil emits a distinct smell. Humans but also some insects are extremely sensitive in detecting the smell of earth. Responsible […]

May 2015

Drosophila olfactory preference, functional and evolutionary basis

May 10th, 2015|Ethology, Projects|

Olfactory-mediated host choice in Drosophila

We are studying host choice in Drosophila with the aim of characterizing individual odour components governing specific steps in the selection of hosts. We also characterize the olfactory receptor neurons […]

May 2014

Mate and host finding in a moth: mating and feeding state

May 10th, 2014|Ethology, Projects|

Recognition and modulation of olfactory signals in the noctuid moth Spodoptera littoralis

Food, mates and host plants are essential resources for plant-feeding insects. Optimal resource localization […]

Host selection in a forest of background odours

May 10th, 2014|Ecology, Projects|

Host selection and mate finding could be impeded by non-host habitat odours, stimuli that could active both at periphery and CNS. This could be seen as an effect of semiochemical diversity.

This project includes study at […]

May 2012

Plant, microbe and insect in host selection

May 10th, 2012|Ecology, Projects|

Chemoecology of insect, fruit and yeast: from the model to the pests

A major goal is to identify the ecological and physiological importance of yeast for fruit-living insects, and to apply the findings for […]

Mate and host finding: mating and feeding state in the fly

May 10th, 2012|Ecology, Projects|

Behavioural ecology and behavioural modulation in Drosophila melanogaster

Sex and food: In D. melanogaster overripe fruit is the substrate where flies feed, mate and oviposit. Odour compounds emitted […]